Welcome to Baltimore!
It is that time of year—the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore—a
candidate for the most numismatic of all cities in America. What a great way to
start the summer!
“When great collections are sold, Stack’s Bowers Galleries
sells them” has been a familiar motto for many years. At the forthcoming
Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore we have multiple great
collections. The result is that in the American series of coins, tokens, and
medals there is something for nearly everyone. Included are items from my own
collection—many gathered years ago and now on the market for a new generation of
enthusiasts. Our sale continues with Internet sessions early the next week—a
As to Baltimore, in the early 19th century, resident Robert
Gilmor, Jr. was America’s leading collector of coins by dates, including
rarities and Proofs. Col. Mendes I. Cohen built a memorable collection in
Baltimore, followed by T. Harrison Garrett and his family, Waldo C. Newcomer,
and the Fuld family. Indeed, a book could be created about numismatics in
History continues to be written with the Whitman Coin &
Collectibles Expos. You can be a part of that by attending in May. Not only
does our auction beckon, but a large bourse of dealers offers many
opportunities. In addition, the hotels, restaurants, and shopping near the
Convention Center are second to none. We will roll the red carpet out for you.
If you do not plan to attend, the Internet will give you an “I
am there!” experience. Watch the action and press the “Bid!” button when
special items come up for sale.
A great event is planned. Be a part of it!
Highlights of Our Expo
As to the seven collections that anchor this sale, each is
different and each contains many treasures.
The Larry L. Terrell Collection brings colonial and early
American coins to the fore, starting with Massachusetts silver and continuing
to include many other types and varieties, with over 65 different 1786 to 1788
New Jersey coppers.
The Drummer Collection showcases Carson City Mint gold half
eagles including the seldom-seen issues of 1870 through 1873.
The Fairmont Collection includes Indian Head eagles of the
20th century and Liberty Head double eagles from the 1850s onward.
The William J. Naddeo Collection offers United States coins by
design types, including those reaching into modern times in especially high grades.
The Newmark Collection is delightfully diverse and ranges from
early Flowing Hair and Draped Bust coinage to Assay Commission medals,
so-called dollars, and counterstamped coins.
The Ralph A. Edson Collection brings to the auction block many
interesting and important tokens and medals with an emphasis on Civil War
issues—one of the most popular series in American numismatics.
As to my collection, selections are varied and include a
Washington funeral medal by Jacob Perkins, a Washington Cabinet medal in
silver, some rare high-grade 1939 Doubled Die Jefferson nickels from a small
group I have “hoarded,” a beautiful 1857-S double eagle from the S.S.
Central America, and other items I hope will be of interest. Certainly, I
have enjoyed owning them.
If I were to mention all the highlights in this sale, I would
need many pages. You have the catalog in your hand (or on your computer screen
or device), so you can explore. If you are just starting a collection, you will
have a running start, including many inexpensive coins in high grades. If you
are adding to a specialty already in progress, there are many interesting
things to consider.
I will mention just a few “trophy” coins: An ultra-Gem 1856
Flying Eagle cent, the most famous “popular rarity” of the 19th century; a Gem
Proof 1864 L Indian cent and one of the finest 1916 Standing Liberty quarters
all beckon. Proof gold includes an especially rare 1848 quarter eagle, an
Ultra-Cameo 1879 Flowing Hair $4 Stella, and a Gem Proof 1898 double eagle.
Among commemoratives you will find both varieties of the 1915-S Panama Pacific International Exposition $50. Among Gold Rush era gold there is a beautiful
Augustus Humbert octagonal $50 slug.
Rarities are always exciting, and our Rarities Night session
on Thursday brings many to the fore. However, the backbone of our sale—and
other sales over the years (our first was held in 1935!)—consists of popular
issues in widely-collected series: Morgan silver dollars, cents large and
small, commemoratives, Washington tokens and other early American issues,
Liberty Seated coins, 20th century issues from cents to double eagles, and
more. There is the opportunity for you to discover a new collecting specialty.
Perhaps New Jersey coppers? Perhaps Morgan silver dollars? Perhaps Civil War tokens?
In the Internet sessions you will find many more items of
interest. Check it out. Now, with my comments concluded, you can take it from
here by viewing the various descriptions. I’ll see you in Baltimore if you plan
to attend. Either way, enjoy the sale!